SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities on Monday announced leadership
changes in the National Environment Management Council (NEMC)
following corruption allegations facing the body.
January Makamba, the Minister of State in the
Vice-President’s Office responsible for Environment,
also dissolved NEMC’s seven-member Board of Directors
saying the institution had been facing allegations of
corruption in the issuance of environmental impact
assessment (EIA) certificates and unnecessary delays in
the course of undertaking the EIAs.
"Some NEMC staff even dared to use their personal
consultancy companies or companies belonging to their
relatives to undertake EIAs so that at the end of the
day they pocket payments for the EIAs," said Makamba.
The minister said the changes were also aimed at
making the body vibrant towards protection of the east
African country’s environment.
"The changes will open a new chapter in the
management of NEMC especially in pushing the country’s
industrial economy," he said.
Makamba dissolved the seven-member NEMC Board of
Directors, leaving only its chairman who is a
presidential appointee, and appointed Elikana Kalumanga,
a lecture with the Institute of Resource Assessment at
the University of Dar es Salaam, acting NEMC Director
Makamba also announced the suspension, appointment,
transfer and reallocation of other top NEMC officials
saying those suspended were implicated in various
He said following parliamentary decisions and
directives by President John Magufuli on the issuance of
EIA certificates to prospective investors in industries,
permits for the construction of the industries will be
given within three days pending the EIA certificate.
"If there will be some environmental challenges in
the course of undertaking the EIA, the industries will
continue being built while the challenges are sorted
out," said the minister.